Did you guys know that Jang Hyuk released a rap album, titled TJ Project, back in 2000. Yeah, me neither, until very recently (don’t ask me how I sleuthed it out). There is a very good reason no one knows or discusses this little known fact.
When (and not if) Jang Hyuk wins his Baeksang, he will wish to god he could erase all remnants of his brief flirtation with trying to be a rapper. Seriously, Jang Hyuk tried to be a rapper for a year, and maybe longer.
The best part of the story: Jang Hyuk somehow got Jeon Ji Hyun to star in ALL his music videos from that ill-fated album. And lordy are those music videos priceless. I had a really hard time finding screen caps from the MVs or finding a large image of his album cover. Regardless, let’s take a trip down memory lane with Hyukie, shall we?
Hey Girl MV
This MV has Jang Hyuk playing a blond gangster who steals Jeon Ji Hyun’s purse only to find out it contains a brick. Jeon Ji Hyun tracks him down and slaps him and takes her brick back. Turns out she was planning to crash her ex-boyfriend’s wedding and fling said brick at the bastard. Jang Hyuk takes a liking to feisty Jeon Ji Hyun. He fantasizes about flexing his muscles for her and macking on her in his dream. In the real MV life, he tries to flirt with her at the subway station, only to be given the hand at the end when Jeon Ji Hyun darts into a departing subway train to get away from him.
Jang Hyuk sits in an old-school car in the dark pouring rain. He gets out of the car and sings in the rain. An extreme close-up of Jeon Ji Hyun’s face shows up to cry a lot and push back her hair. Jang Hyuk cries into his steering wheel some more. Turns out he was sitting in a drive-in theater, and crying Jeon Ji Hyun was in the film playing on the screen.
Love of the Sun Moon MV (Part 1)
Oooh, now this is an epic masterpiece. It’s a sageuk MV, folks! With Jang Hyuk rocking the Jack Sparrow, and Jeon Ji Hyun as his fellow warrior lady. Jang Hyuk battles nefarious villains with swords attacking him. Jeon Ji Hyun shows up wearing a gauzy face veil and sporting double blades. Together they fight an evil mega-villain. They leave with a kid and build a campfire, staring at each other soulfully. Another villain attacks them in the dark. After they vanquish their assailant Jang Hyuk slaps Jeon Ji Hyun for no reason.
Love of the Sun Moon MV (Part 2)
A group of pursuers come on horseback, Jeon Ji Hyun tries to fight them but Jang Hyuk stops her. Jang Hyuk takes on the horseback gang singlehandedly, putting up a good fight but is almost cut down at the end. Jeon Ji Hyun shows up to throw him one of her two swords, and Jang Hyuk uses it to kill the leader. The kid comes running up and Jang Hyuk grabs him and they leave. Jeon Ji Hyun stays and fights and is captured, tied up on a stake looking despondent. Jang Hyuk comes back (presumably leaving the kid somewhere safe), and fights with his big sword. Jeon Ji Hyun gets free and together they fight as one. Jang Hyuk is killed by bald monk with the big axe, leaving Jeon Ji Hyun crying in despair.
As you can tell, this album came out around the time he did Successful Story of a Bright Girl with Jang Nara, and his predilection towards blond/orange hair was on full display in MV after MV (see above for a screen cap of just his hair). Compiling this post makes me want to go watch Windstruck now. Below is a screen cap of a CM Jang Hyuk did with, who else, Jeon Ji Heon, hawking couples drumsticks (of the ice-cream variety).